You don’t have to look far to see the benefits of international partnerships. Whether the partnerships focus on international projects, study abroad opportunities, or research collaborations, students and faculty members immerse themselves in foreign cultures to gain new insights about our increasingly interconnected world.
From understanding the similarities and differences of doing business in foreign lands, to gaining first-hand experience in implementing community outreach, students in UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) are gaining international perspectives and experience.
According to the UC International Office, during the 2012-2013 academic year CECH saw a 92 percent increase in the number of students pursuing international opportunities, compared to 2011-2012. Similarly, CECH faculty members have made international pursuits a priority by developing a range of opportunities and partnerships, whether formal institutional agreements or collaborations.
“International pursuits align with the UC2019 Academic Master Plan, and I think international opportunities will remain a priority in the vision that will be mapped out with UC’s Third Century,” said Holly Johnson, associate dean for innovation and opportunity, who leads CECH’s focus on international partnerships. “CECH has information to share with the rest of the world. Creating partnerships is the best way to make those connections and share our expertise.”
The UC Academic Master Plan established a goal for 100 percent of UC’s undergraduates to participate in experiential learning, such as service learning or study abroad. Reflecting the Master Plan, all undergraduate CECH students are encouraged and expected to take what they learn beyond the classroom by completing internships, co-ops, field placements, or study abroad trips.
Upholding CECH’s commitment to constant improvement, innovation, and providing an environment where students and faculty thrive, Johnson and CECH have set a goal for each of its schools (Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services, and Information Technology) to offer one or two signature international programs or experiences.